Bring Akhand to Your Practice For an Authentic Yoga Experience
Subscribe to Outside+ now to get unique access to all of our content, including sequences, instructor tips, video lessons, and much more. Given how many metropolitan yoga facilities are now playing top-40 songs as the background music, it’s a breath of fresh air to be able to practice to Indian music played by native musicians using traditional instruments. Akhandis is a compilation of 16 Vedic chants that were initially composed to serve as a reminder to listeners that we are all part of “one reality with various forms,” as the liner notes describe it.
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The sitar, double bass, tabla, and veena, among other instruments, provide captivating accompaniment to these musicians.
However, it is the buoyant energy and tremendous reverberation of the tribal drums in “Rudra” that distinguish Akhand from the rest of the pack.
And, even better, yogis of all stripes will enjoy moving and grooving to this music.
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A SMALL | SUSTAINABLE| TRANSFORMATIVE | SELF-HEALING METHOD Your happiness is a natural right! Accept an invitation to become part of the Akhanda Yoga Institute family and study real yoga practices from Himalayan Yoga Master, Yogrishi Vishvketu, and a worldwide staff of teaching professionals. Discover the healing power of holistic yoga: visit us live, online, or at one of our ashrams or retreats in India or across the world to learn more. “It is your birthright to be well!” “Joyful, playful, and helpful are all characteristics of your actual nature: they are happy, expandable, and fearless.
Yogrishi Vishvketu is an authentic Himalayan Yoga Master from India
In India, Yogrishi Vishvketu has dedicated his life to the study, preservation, revitalization, and dissemination of the teachings of real, comprehensive Yoga, which he began as a youngster. As the founder of Akhanda Yoga Institute, Yogrishi Vishvketu pioneered the development of unique practice techniques that encompassed all parts of Yoga as it was originally meant. Happy Turmeric Appreciation Day! We invite you to join us in celebrating Basant Panchami with a free virtual Satsang and fire Puja with Yogrishi, who will be broadcasting live from Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram.
- Every penny of the revenues will be sent directly to Bhagyashree and her family, whose house was burned in a recent wildfire in Colorado.
- Shankaprakshalan is a delicate but efficient organic yogic practice that acts on the entire digestive tract in a quiet but noticeable way.
- The program is taught entirely online.
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- IN-PERSON TRAINING FOR 100 HOURS KUNDALINI YOGA is a unique type of yoga established by Yogrishi Vishvketu in order to initiate students into real Tantra Yoga.
- ADVANCED TRAINING FOR TEACHERS With the 300-hour Akhanda Yoga Institute Teacher Training, you can take your teaching to the next level.
- The Akhanda Yoga Institute’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program in Rishikesh, India, is a life-changing experience that also serves as a professional qualification for participants.
- A certificate from the Yoga Alliance is awarded for this program, which teaches breathwork coaching skills together with authentic Yogic teachings and traditional pranayama practices.
- This advanced pranayama program will take you deeper and further on your spiritual journey than you have ever gone before.
- With this one-of-a-kind 100-hour YTT program, you will be able to include this inclusive Yoga style into your teaching services and learn how to modify Raj Yoga for people who require a very mild flow, the ability to practice in a chair, or even the ability to practice in bed.
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Our various one-of-a-kind and authentic services can help you achieve greater well-being. Participate in one of our internationally acclaimed Yoga Teacher Training programs or spend time at one of our ashrams in Rishikesh, India. Many worldwide retreats are offered throughout the year, as well as a plethora of online and offline possibilities for you to enhance your practice. Get started on your yoga adventure with us right away! AuthenticTraditionalSpiritualWellbeingSelf-healingHolisticSimpleCommunitySustainable AuthenticTraditionalSpiritualWellbeingSelf-healingHolisticSimpleCommunitySustainable What is Akhanda Yoga, and how does it work?
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The Akhanda Yoga Institute was formed by Himalayan Master Yogrishi Vishvketu in order to disseminate Yoga and well-being teachings and practices that have been painstakingly maintained. Akhanda is a Sanskrit word that meaning “whole and indivisible,” and Akhanda Yoga is a complete toolset for sharing ancient wisdom in a modern context. The Akhanda Yoga method encompasses the whole repertory of Yoga understanding and practices, from asana and pranayama to meditation and chanting, and is based on the teachings of Patanjali.
Akhanda Yoga Online, a robust online studio with hundreds of full-length classes available, is also part of the organization.
What Yoga certification does Akhanda Yoga Institute offer?
We are aware that it assists our students in obtaining nationally recognized teaching credentials. In addition to being a licensed yoga school, Akhanda Yoga Institute has Lead Trainers who are also Registered Yoga Teachers. Our Yoga Teacher Trainings and Continuing Education Programs have been accredited by the Yoga Alliance and are worldwide renowned for their quality. We also collaborate with a large number of professional instructors and academic partners all around the world to provide real information that students may use in their own teaching practices as a guide.
Can a beginner practice Akhanda Yoga?
Yes! Everyone can benefit from Akhanda Yoga. Akhanda Yoga does not require any prior expertise or flexibility on your part. In order to impart the whole repertory of Yoga teachings and methods, from asana and pranayama, to meditation and chanting, Yogrishi Vishvektu created Akhanda Yoga in order to accomplish so. With our courses and programs, you may work at your own speed and make progress at your own pace, while focusing on areas of expertise that appeal to you.
What styles of Yoga are practiced in Akhanda Yoga?
The Akhanda Yoga method stresses a well-balanced session that includes a comprehensive repertory of yoga practices. All Akhanda Yoga lessons are arranged in a methodical yet artistic manner to bring the physical, energetic, mental/emotional, and intuitive selves into alignment through the five aspects of practice and the five energy principles of the yoga tradition.
Classes at Akhanda Yoga are offered at various times of the day, for a range of inclinations and objectives, including: Akhanda for Beginners, Intermediate and Dynamic, Five Koshas, Inner Reprogramming, Hatha-Raja, Classical Kundalini, and Five Koshas for Beginners.
Does Akhanda Yoga offer Yoga Teacher Training?
Yes, the Akhanda Yoga Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training programs are among the most prestigious in the world. If you’re seeking for true, holistic, and life-changing Yoga Teacher Training, you’ve come to the right place. As part of our Yoga Teacher Training program, you will learn the whole body of Yoga wisdom and knowledge. The courses are presented in modules, allowing you to learn at your own speed and focus on a specific area of interest. Some YTT courses are taught online, in a virtual classroom, while others are held in the Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India, where Anand Prakash is the founder.
Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram & Retreats
MIND BODY SPIRITUALITY COMMUNITY WELL-BEING SELF-HEALING HOLISTIC SPIRITUALITY COMMUNITY SIMPLE SUSTAINABLE TRADITION TRADITION In addition to serving as the headquarters for Akhanda Yoga Institute, the ALAnand Prakash Yoga Ashram serves as your residence for the true study and practice of Yoga in India. As part of Yogrishi Vishvketu’s spiritual community, which was formed in Rishikesh, the international center of yoga, you will have the opportunity to recharge in a peaceful environment.
Who is Yogrishi Vishvketu and what is Akhanda Yoga?
Yogrishi Vishvketu (Vishva-ji) is a world-renowned Yoga teacher trainer who has trained thousands of teachers throughout the world. He was raised in a hamlet in India and spent many years steeped in the Himalayan Yogic culture, which he learned from his father. In 2000, he obtained his doctorate in yoga from the University of California, Berkeley. Vishva-ji is the originator of Akhanda Yoga, which means “spiritual practice.” More than 40 years into his practice, he has mentored more than 4,000 students who have gone through Akhanda Yoga teacher training programs.
An ashram is a spiritual haven, a place where people may come to care for themselves, meditate, and engage in spiritual practice.
It is possible to stay for a weekend health break, two-week Yoga retreat, Yoga Teacher Training, or an extended stay with a curriculum that is personalized to your specific needs.
An ashram is a place where you may align all of the layers of your being, including your physical, emotional, and spiritual layers.
“The journey begins with saying YES to your self.”
Both the Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram and our Jungle Yoga Retreat are accessible for healthy breaks, Yoga retreats, and work-cations, as well as other activities. You are welcome to stay for a weekend, a month, or perhaps a year. It is all up to you. Yoga retreats with Ayurvedic therapies, which are offered from recognized practitioners in Rishikesh, may also be tailored to your specific needs. It is possible to acquire day passes, class tickets, and meal passes for usage at the ashram even if you are not staying there.
Weekend Wellness Break, Six-Day Detox, and a two-week Retreat, Realign, Recharge program are just a few of the cheap retreats we offer. In addition to a tranquil community and a secure environment dedicated to your well-being and self-healing, you will benefit from the following:
Our schedule of Yoga classes, events, and workshops
It is a great environment to immerse yourself in the study and practice of real Yoga at the Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, India, which is a lively spiritual community. Yoga sessions are held every day, and you may participate in training programs and workshops in asana, pranayama, meditation, and Yogic knowledge while you’re here. In addition, we provide Yoga Teacher Training. All visitors can also take part in and benefit from everyday activities like as pranic healing with a traditional fire ceremony, frequent communal sound medicine, and twice-weekly Kirtan, among others.
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IN-PERSON TRAINING FOR 100 HOURS The Classical Kundalini Yoga style was designed by Yogrishi Vishvketu to initiate students into real Tantra Yoga.
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Become acquainted with advanced teaching approaches as well as the Yogic knowledge contained in major literature.
Studying at the birthplace of Yoga can help you to enhance your practice as well as your teaching abilities.
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What can I expect at Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram?
The Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram offers a variety of activities for guests to partake in while they are staying there. These activities include yoga classes and seminars, daily pranic healing using an ancient Fire Ritual, frequent collective sound medicine, twice-weekly Kirtan, and more. We provide all components of Yoga, including pranayama, meditation, spiritual insight, and ancient ritual – go here to learn more about Akhanda Yoga. We also offer a variety of other services. There are family and single rooms available, as well as space for self-practice, as well as workshops, training programs, and detoxification services.
You will be asked to follow a few basic guidelines while at the Ashram, and you will benefit from the opportunity to detoxify, recharge, and revitalize while there. You may also participate in Ashram activities and courses, as well as travel about Rishikesh and the surrounding area.
An ashram gives you space to connect to your true nature — which is fearless, expansive, joyful and playful.
The Jungle Yoga Retreat is located approximately 30 kilometers west of Rishikesh, in a tranquil setting surrounded by virgin woods, rolling hills, and a flowing river, and it is open to the public. Simplistic living and a peaceful atmosphere provide seekers with the chance to enhance their spiritual practice in the true Yogic tradition of isolation in the Himalayan mountains via the practice of solitary.
Rishikesh, Yoga capital of the world
In the town of Tapovan, near Rishikesh, on the banks of the Ganga River, and surrounded by the Himalayan foothills, the Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram welcomes visitors. Rishikesh is a historic spiritual center in Northern India, where seekers and Yogis have congregated for thousands of years to practice yoga. Today, Rishikesh has a thriving community of Yoga students, spiritual seekers, adventure travelers, and Hindu pilgrims who come to the city to practice their craft. White sand beaches, temples, cafés, and a Yoga market with items such as cotton garments, singing bowls, malas, and gemstones make Rishikesh a popular destination for travelers from across the globe.
Many people find the energy here exciting while yet being anchored in traditional practices, which is why they come here.
Furthermore, Rishikesh is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, waterfalls, hiking routes, and meditation caves, and the holy city of Haridwar is less than 30 km away from the city.
A Guide to Visiting Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram
Guided Meditation from 5:20 to 5:50 a.m. 6:00-7:30 a.m. — Yoga Class, which includes asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation (if desired). Agnihotra begins at 7:50 a.m. (fire puja) Breakfast is served from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. 4:00-5:30 p.m. — Yoga Class: asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation (not on Sunday) 7:00-8:00pm – Kirtan / Chanting is a type of meditation (TuesdayThursday) The silent period is from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m., seven days a week.
How much does it cost to stay at the ashram?
Ashram stay: The cost of staying in the ashram is 1500 INR + tax per night per person for a shared room (approximately $21 USD), which includes accommodation, two yoga classes per day (except Sunday evening), three sattvic vegetarian meals per day, Guided Meditation, Vedic hawan (Fire Pooja), and Kirtans (chanting) (Every Tuesday and Thursday). It is possible to book a private room for an extra price of 500 INR per night per person (per person). A/C is provided in selected rooms for a cost of 500 INR per room per night, which is payable in cash.
There is no fee for children under the age of five.
Yoga Class Fees: The following yoga classes are available to the general public on a drop-in basis: Morning yoga with Yogrishi Vishvketu (when in residence): 500 INRMorning yoga with Yogrishi Vishvketu (when in residence): 300 INREvening yoga with Yogrishi Vishvketu (when in residence): 300 INRMeals: If you desire to dine in the ashram, our per meal is 250 INR per person.
Are there any rules for guests?
- Among the ashram’s primary activities is the training and provision of direction in the practice of Akhanda Yoga on all levels: physically, intellectually, and spiritually. It is important for guests (Sadhaks) to realize that they are visiting an Ashram and not a regular hotel, guesthouse, or holiday destination.
- At all times, all communal spaces must be dressed in a manner that is culturally acceptable. There will be no tank tops, shorts, or anything that exposes the stomach, breast, back, or legs throughout the event. We urge that you avoid wearing tight clothing so that you can get the most out of the practices and avoid injury. This clothing code is applicable to both men and women and is intended to demonstrate respect for the local culture.
- Sadhaks must be back on the premises by 09:30 p.m. at the latest. Between the hours of 9 p.m. and 9 a.m., every day, the Ashram is a silent zone.
- This is a self-healing environment that is organic, beneficial, and self-sustaining. It is not authorized to smoke, consume alcohol, eat meat, or use any other type of intoxicant in any form.
Is the Ashram safe to stay for women?
Our visitors’ safety and well-being are of the highest concern to us, and we take every precaution to ensure this. It is self-contained, and we have a team of dependable employees and security officers on duty around the clock (the Ashram is locked at night). A dedicated front desk and on-site staff are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make your stay pleasant and to provide any support you may require, including medical aid. At all times, your personal space will be observed and respected.
What accommodation is available?
We place the highest priority on the safety and well-being of our visitors. It is self-contained, and we have a team of dependable employees and security officers on call at all times (the Ashram is locked at night). A dedicated front desk and on-site employees are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure your comfort and to provide any support you may require, including medical aid. It is always acknowledged that you have a personal space.
What food is served?
The Ashram serves three freshly prepared Sattvic vegetarian meals every day, with gluten-free and vegan choices available upon request. It is a daily changing cuisine that includes organic ingredients that are acquired from the Ashram farm. Tea brewed with herbs, handmade muesli and oatmeal, parantha or fruit samosas, and fresh fruit are served for breakfast each day. Dal (beans), vegetables (pumpkin, carrot, cauliflower, peas, spinach), rice, and chapati are typical lunch and evening fare. With addition, a nutritious kitchari is offered to aid in detoxification.
Where is the ashram located?
The Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram is located in the village of Tapovan near the city of Rishikesh. Google Maps may be used to locate it. It is located just a short distance from the major road that goes through Rishikesh. The Jungle Yoga Retreat is located 30 kilometers from Rishikesh and takes around one hour to reach by car. Rishikesh is around 30 kilometers from Haridwar, which is considered to be one of India’s holiest towns.
How do I get to Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram?
The nearest international airport is in Delhi, India, which is a six-hour travel away from Rishikesh by car or bus. Flights to Dehradun (a 35-minute drive from Rishikesh), trains to Haridwar (an hour’s drive from Rishikesh), and taxis are all options for getting to and from Delhi.
What do I need to know to travel to India?
India is a massive nation with 1.3 billion inhabitants, making it the seventh most populous country on the planet and the home of one of the world’s oldest cultures. When you schedule your stay with us, we will assist you in navigating your journey to India as well as your travels inside India. Check out these blogs written by our friend Mariellen ofBreathedreamgo, who provides excellent and interesting information on traveling in India on her site. First and foremost, you will require a Visa to enter India.
While you’re getting ready for your trip, you might like to read some books on India or watch some movies about India.
What should I bring with me to the ashram?
Bring your own Yoga mat, a reusable water bottle, towels, toiletries, and medications, as well as indoor shoes and/or flip flops and clothing layers depending on the weather and the season.
Yoga props, as well as bedding and a thali for meals, will be provided as well. From mid-November to late-February, it may be quite cold, and from April to September, it can be extremely hot.
What clothes should I bring?
The Ashram has a clothing code in order to show respect for the local culture. Tank tops and singlets are not permitted since they expose the shoulders. Please refrain from wearing shorts or tight leggings. White clothing is customary, and a shawl or scarf may be quite helpful. Yoga is best practiced in loose-fitting cotton garments.
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Akhanda Institute is a lovely venue to study real Yoga in a serene environment. The Yoga Master, Yogrishi, and his crew are nothing short of extraordinary. They are extremely knowledgable and are always available to assist any of their pupils. I now consider myself to be a member of a fantastic yoga family. Thank you so much for what you’ve done. I’m quite appreciative and feel blessed to have received all of the information you have shared with me. ` Jasmine Connery is a student at YTT. My heartfelt thanks go out to the whole Akhanda Yoga community!
- I cannot suggest any of the trainings here highly enough, and I will continue to spread the word about this facility.
- Daniela Schmitt is a student at YTT.
- The idea that I might be enthralled by kirtan while sitting in my yoga room would have been impossible to fathom if someone had told me that it was possible with the use of ZOOM.
- Everyone’s participation in my yoga class provided me with a lot of energy.
- What a blessing it is to having the AY Family as part of our lives.
- Attendee at the Virtual New Year’s Eve Retreat Greetings and thanks to the entire Akhanda team for an absolutely fantastic zoom session on New Year’s Eve.
- All of the brilliant folks that shared Kirtan with us all, as well as all of the intriguing offers that were so motivating, need to be recognized.
- Since then, I’ve seen it at least twice more.
- Attendee at the Virtual New Year’s Eve Retreat
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(E-RYT 500) (E-RYT 500) In 2011, while pursuing her B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Diala, a Raleigh native, was introduced to yoga for the first time. She observed a difference in her mental and physical state after a few courses. After this experience piqued her interest, she decided to pursue her 200-hour YTT in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, where she learned about the philosophy of yoga. She participated in an immersion program where she learned about the behaviors that, in the end, help us become our most modest and content selves.
Since then, she has taught and participated in yoga events in over ten countries spanning Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as in the United States.
Diala has learned to ride the waves of life rather than trying to battle them via the practice of yoga. Because she thinks that wherever you are in your practice is always sufficient, she will provide you with the extra push necessary to exceed your expectations when you are ready.
(E-RYT 200) discovered yoga when she was 12 years old, when she attended to a yoga class with her father and sister to practice together. As a gymnast at the time, I found the physical workout to be a delight to include into my routine. When Briana finished gymnastics in high school, she recalled how much she liked yoga and decided to continue her exploration of the discipline after that. After leaving for college at Appalachian State University, Briana immersed herself in her daily yoga practice, which she found to be particularly beneficial in helping her to feel at ease and grounded in the mountains.
This encounter confirmed to her that she is exactly where she is supposed to be.
As a result of her research, she discovered that the stable positions of yoga provide a gateway towards gaining control of one’s thought process and creating one’s own reality.
The sharing of her enthusiasm and experiences with others is something Briana likes doing, and she attempts to make everyone feel welcome, comfortable, and connected to their greatest selves.
Initially, yoga entered Dalhya’s life while she was a stressed-out first-year teacher. All of the jogging she was doing as an assistant cross-country coach seemed to be a fantastic complement to her other activities. However, it rapidly developed into something much more. In reality, it has evolved into a way of life that is inextricably linked to the “practice” that it began as. Yoga was a constant throughout her years of traveling between continents and states, allowing her to re-center and re-ground herself.
The skills that have enabled her to undergo such a transition in her own life are something she is enthusiastic about sharing with others.
Having done so, she has continued to educate teenagers and adults alike in schools, jails, and yoga studios, all while maintaining her status as a lifelong learner first and foremost.
In order to build deeper calm and significance in our life, she enjoys locating the flow point when the mind and body are in sync with the breath and delving into that zone.
Lauren’s lessons are based on the principle of using the ancient knowledge of yoga to heal ourselves in order to contribute to the healing of the planet. This is at the heart of all of her courses. In her opinion, we can both appreciate and care for our individual selves and needs while also honoring and supporting the collective community that we have created in our minds and hearts. With her instructor, Himalayan Yoga Master Yogrishi Vishveketu, who is the founder of Akhanda Yoga, she is able to openly express her love, compassion, playfulness, and pleasure because of the comprehensive and balanced approach she was taught by her teacher.
Using her training in Yin Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, Yoga for PTSDTBI, Thai Yoga Bodywork, and her life experiences of serving others, traveling, and learning from the diverse array of teachers that are presented along life’s path, Lauren creates a safe space in which students can explore the depths of their being, build a stronger relationship with themselves, drop deeper into gratitude, and use their own intuition to support expansion and transformation.
Lauren skillfully mixes science and spirituality together, giving a unique balance of anatomy/alignment with the deeper spiritual characteristics of the therapy to her clients.
Aaliya is a certified E-500 RYT yoga instructor based in Vancouver, Canada. Because Aaliya studied in India, the birthplace of yoga, her classes combine traditional foundations of physical asana, pranayama (breath work), yoga philosophy, and mantra (chanting) meditation with a contemporary approach to philosophy and practice, resulting in s students having a holistic and integrative experience. Yoga instructor Aaliya has taught yoga throughout North America as well as Europe, Africa, and Asia, and she has developed a method of teaching yoga that is both accessible and enlightening to students from a variety of backgrounds and experience levels.
The traditional philosophy, mythology, and mantra that she practices constitute the foundation of her practice.
Those who engage in these disciplines get understanding that connects them to their ancestral origins as well as to their own intrinsic expanded ability.
Ancient chants that calm the mind and instill a permeating vibratory change inside us are a wonderful thing. She communicates her enthusiasm for the ‘yuj’ (union of all elements of what the practice genuinely delivers) with her pupils, and she does it with great enthusiasm for the practice itself.
Amy (RYT 500) began practicing yoga in 2009, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition at the University of Florida. While attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she took her first yoga session in a fitness center, where she quickly fell enamored with the physical component of the practice. Not until 2014, after several lessons, instructors, and studios did she grasp the true power of this practice—the link between the mind, body, and spirit—which she shares with her students.
Yoga is a daily reset for Amy, and it is a crucial element of her routine in order to ride the ebbs and flows that each day gives her.
She challenges you to show up to the mat and just move with the breath in order to achieve this.
Mandy is a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200hr) as well as a professional ballerina with the Carolina Ballet. Mandy is thrilled to be able to share her love of yoga with others after more than seven years of teaching experience (in ballet, pointe, contemporary dance, and modern dance). Additionally, in addition to teaching yoga online and in person with NovaRetreats, Mandy has received certification in Yoga Nidra, and she intends to raise awareness of the myriad physical and mental health advantages of this technique.
During her yoga courses, you can anticipate a flowing sequence that focuses on finding your balance while also incorporating some wonderful stretching.
San Diego Yoga Teachers – Aerial, Vinyasa, Yin
Leila’s interest in yoga began at a very young age, when she recalls being attracted by her mother standing on her head for the first time. Her insatiable passion for all elements of yoga, both physical and spiritual, led her to India in 2010, where she obtained her certification as a Yoga Instructor. During her stay in India, she was taken back to the origins of yoga, where she learned that it is a way of life rather than merely a series of moves on a mat. “I believe that we have strayed far away from the actual essence of Yoga in the Western world,” Leila explains.
- Finding harmony in the physical body is crucial in Yoga, but the creation of harmony in the mind and spirit may be the most beneficial.” In addition to her work as a yoga instructor, Leila has always had a strong interest in circus arts.
- Aerial yoga, in her opinion, produces the ideal blend of strength, elegance, flexibility, and flow in the body.
- Having a strong desire to share her love of yoga, aerial silks, cuisine, and healing led her to open her own wellness center.
- Ten years ago, she began teaching Yoga.
She has led a number of aerial trainings both in the United States and abroad. Using the art of play and movement, Leila’s lessons are both light-hearted and spiritual, providing students meaningful methods to enhance their mind-body connection via the art of play and dance.
How To Be Your Authentic Self (It’s Easier Than You Think)
A special thanks to Lindsey Porter, the gorgeous and inspirational yogapreneur atYoga-Nu-U, who has contributed this guest blog article for us. She discusses with us her personal path to discovering authenticity, as well as strategies for developing your own. Edits were made where necessary to make the text more understandable. Over the course of more than a year, I’ve had the idea to write a piece about authenticity and being true to yourself. I started writing multiple times before abandoning it when I came upon another post on the subject.
In the wake of returning from organizing an international yoga trip to Rishikesh in India and seeing the site of my YTT (yoga teacher training) that I participated in 12 years ago, I was moved to revisit this issue once more.
In addition, yoga, which has its roots in this area, is a beautiful and often intangible thing, a way of life with guiding principles, as well as a physical practice, a breathing practice, and a variety of other practices.
In addition, what are some of the ways we might try to live with personal authenticity in general, regardless of whether or not we practice yoga?
What is The Authentic Self?
What what does it mean to live an authentic life, and how does one go about doing so? Relationship gurus and genuine leaders will all proclaim that an authentic person does this or that, but this does not explain what it means to be an authentic individual. Indeed, even the greatest thinkers, from Rousseau to Sartre, have wrestled with the term in an attempt to get a greater knowledge of the self as well as one’s own unique authenticity. There are many who would have you believe that authenticity can only be achieved in’speaking the truth,’ no matter what the repercussions may be.
- Genuine human beings spend their lives in complete surrender to the divine moment.
- Consider the following analogy: counterfeit items, such as handbags, watches, and clothing, are frequently offered in place of the genuine article.
- In most cases, it is the smaller features of the product that reveal the truth.
- For specific items, this may be seen in the stitching, what is written on the label, how the material pleats, or even the lining of the object.
- I While our conscious, surface mind is continuously churning away, taking in our everyday lives and surrounds, our inner mind is extremely skilled at sifting information and identifying inconsistencies and abnormalities in the information.
- Often, it is this inner voice or instinct that causes our conscious mind to become aware of the need to examine authenticity.
It can sometimes force you out of your comfort zone, but not always in a positive way. The ability to distinguish between authenticity and non-authenticity is possessed by authentic individuals who are living in full awareness of their surroundings.
Define Authenticity (And Inauthenticity)
Okay, so we know that true leaders are smoothly floating through life, completely relaxed and unaffected by their surroundings. But what does it mean to live a life that is real in the first place? And who exactly are these genuine individuals? Authentic individuals are those who are:
- Self-aware, modest, open to feedback, open to new views and ideas, and practitioners of love are all qualities to possess.
We have the ability to tune into our internal cues, which can warn us to things that may not be what they appear to be. We have the ability to be self-aware and open to any new experience that may be beneficial to our growth. In order to reinforce the concept of being real and having authenticity, we may put all of these aspects together. But what would it be like on the inside? First and foremost, you must examine your own genuineness. Examine your own personal identity as well as the identity that you inherited from your family.
As you begin to live a more honest life, you will have a pleasant sensation of ahhh.
This can appear as improved sleep, less worry, increased energy, and a variety of other beneficial results.
Tips on Being Your Authentic Self
As a yoga instructor, I want to infuse honesty into each and every yoga session that I instruct. By asking myself a few questions, I am able to maintain a strong connection with my authentic self. I ponder where my ego is at in all of this right now. It is normal to shy away from yoga poses or other components of the practice that you find difficult or less pleasurable. The fact that I’m enabling people to see the things I’m working on, battling with, and breathing through helps me remember that I’m keeping my practice authentic.
- It is natural for people to struggle.
- Or, perhaps, it is not resistance at all, but rather a stubborn dedication to something that is just not functioning.
- It might be difficult to let go of a session after putting in the effort to plan it out ahead of time.
- Is it appropriate for me to be presenting this session from the correct location?
- I set a goal for myself to bring modifications to sessions from time to time, both large and minor in scale.
- Alternatively, I may share a new yogic mantra that I’ve found.
- Interact with yogis and learn about their feelings, their experiences.
Also, being grounded enough to see that you will not satisfy everyone all of the time and understanding that this is perfectly OK. (This includes your personal assessment of how well you performed in any practice.)
What Does an Authentic Life Look Like?
I polled over 20 people to find out what they considered to be “genuine.” The following five common threads were identified during the research: When I’m writing, I’m being true to myself.
- Being content with doing my best while understanding that it is good enough
- Accepting without judgment or expectations
- Doing what feels right for me
- Paying attention to what I require
- Without comparing myself to others
If you are interested in living a more honest life, consider incorporating the five-point checklist into your daily routine.
About the Author|Lindsey Porter
Lindsey is a highly accomplished Financial Services Project Manager who is now pursuing her love for spreading the benefits of yoga to people of all ages and physical capabilities. In addition to teaching Akhanda Hatha, Chair, and Curvy yoga classes, workshops, and Wellbeing Retreats around Scotland, she likes writing and has been featured globally in YOGA and OM Yoga magazines, as well as the Huffington Post, among other publications. Co-host and producer of YEDTalks, an internationally syndicated yoga-inspired podcast series that is heard in more than 60 countries, she is also a yoga instructor.
Visit her website, yoganuu.com, and follow her on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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Are you want to reduce stress and become a healthy version of yourself? Learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily routine. Practice a range of yoga positions and breathing techniques to receive supportive feedback from your instructor. A regular yoga practice can help you to become more flexible, strengthen your body, enhance your balance, and find more clarity and calm in your life. All levels of expertise are welcome in each class, and students are encouraged to work at their own speed during the session.
NOTE: If you are pregnant, you should avoid starting a yoga practice.
Meet the Instructors
Stephanie Tubutisis a certified sport yoga (SY) instructor who lives in Los Angeles. Her education and training focused on the athlete’s physique and performance through flexibility and proper technique, which she learned from her father. However, despite the fact that her training is mostly focused on sports, she believes that mindfulness and spirituality are vitally significant aspects of her yoga practice and teaching. Originally from Chicago, IL, Amanda Stivers began teaching yoga in 2012 after earning her first 200-hour yoga certification from the Temple of Kriya Yoga.
- She participates in a variety of yoga courses and seminars to keep up with the latest trends in the yoga world.
- The yoga instructor Raeann Austin has been teaching yoga since 2009, although yoga has been a part of my life for more than fifteen years.
- Yoga serves as a basis for my overall wellness, both physically and mentally.
- I am thankful that I have the opportunity to share my enthusiasm and love for yoga with others.
- We shall achieve harmony by bringing together the intellect, the body, and the spirit.
- Tammie Ciciura, RYT200, has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years, and is a certified yoga instructor.
- Her body, mind, and whole experience of life have become more relaxed as a result of this.
- Mathew Oakes (RYT-200) discovered yoga during his undergraduate years and has returned to the mat time and time again to bring relaxation to the mind and body so that he can sit quietly with his entire being (he is a RYT-200).
Yoga, according to Mathew, is not only an exercise regimen, but rather a methodical way of life that promotes balance and tranquility. Mathew is also a Professor of English at Rock Valley College, where he lives with his wife and three young children.
What is Akhanda Yoga? — The Yogin
This great, comprehensive approach to teaching classical Hatha Yoga is embodied in the Akhanda Yoga method. Yogrishi Vishvketu of the Nath lineage, the creator of Akhanda Yoga, advises you to think like a scientist and experiment on yourself to discover what works and what doesn’t work for you. These are the recommendations that he provided us with. Akhanda Yoga, as we understand it, is a journey through the body, the mind, and the soul of the practitioner. We study the inner and exterior workings of the body via Asana (physical postures) and Pranayama (breathwork).
With the use of Mantra, we may build a sense of oneness (or Brahma), connectivity, and dedication to something that is greater than ourselves.